Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: S1012 / Program Therapist
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 12

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under the direct guidance of a clinical professional provides a wide range of clinical evaluation, assessment, consultation/treatment, education, and/or research services, in support of a specified health care program. As a member of an interdisciplinary team, under the guidance of more senior professional personnel, specializes in one or more complementary disciplines, such as therapeutic referral, counseling, psychology, school psychology, social services, specialty nursing, speech/language pathology, occupational/physical therapy, or educational/developmental diagnostics. May operate in a rural outreach, home setting, community clinic, and/or hospital environment. May design and deliver educational programs for community constituencies.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. As appropriate to the position, conducts discipline-specific patient evaluations, assessments, consultations, and treatment, as a member of an interdisciplinary team, in accordance with program protocol and federal and state regulations and guidelines.
  2. Plans, schedules, and coordinates clinical activities; collaborates with other therapists and staff, and with external agencies, to ensure that clinical activities and issues are handled in a manner consistent with program objectives, policies, procedures, and legal requirements.
  3. Consults with individual patients, families, and service providers, in a range of settings, to develop recommendations for treatment programs and techniques, to interpret evaluation results, and/or to coordinate the provision of care and treatment.
  4. May conduct research as appropriate to program activities, and prepares or participates in the preparation and writing of reports, articles, and/or grants and proposals, as appropriate.
  5. Participates in educational, training, and outreach activities, to include program development and presentation of lectures and/or workshops.
  6. Receives guidance, training, and mentoring from professional personnel in planning and carrying out activities and assignments.
  7. May travel extensively throughout the state to provide services, depending upon the focus and objectives of the specified program.
  8. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; no previous experience required.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to effectively communicate medical information, test results, diagnoses and/or proposed treatment in a manner easily understood by the client.
  • Ability to observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to administer and interpret discipline-specific test and evaluation instruments, incorporating clinical observation.
  • Ability to develop individual treatment goals and plans.
  • Knowledge of therapeutic theory, techniques, and practice specific to the targeted population, within area of specialty.
  • Knowledge of relevant laws, regulations and standards for the delivery of therapeutic treatment.
  • Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
  • Knowledge of clinical research principles and techniques.
  • Knowledge of procedures and techniques for the provision of outreach services.
  • Ability to work within a multidisciplinary team.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) supervised provision of intensive, integrated professional services and treatment planning in a clinical and/or outpatient environment; b) collaboration with others in the determination of appropriate therapeutic approaches and methods within an established field of therapeutic specialty; c) participation in the planning and implementation of outreach/education programs, workshops, and activities; d) working as a professional specialist as part of a multi-disciplinary team; e) provision of program support to include data collection/maintenance, program tracking, and report preparation.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Work involves moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt dust, fumes, unpleasant odors and loud noises.
  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
  • Work environment involves minimal exposure to physical risks, such as operating dangerous equipment or working with chemicals.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017